At about 11pm on the night before I headed off for the States, Ted the Vet and I sat down to talk Tarpo.
The last time I blogged about Tarpo was way back in April 2008, and since then I haven’t really touched the code, but in the meantime Ted and his team of helpers have used it to record several thousand House Visits, Medical and Surgical Cases as part of the Maningrida Dog Health program.
Several other Veterinarians have started expressing interest in using Tarpo for their own Dog Health programs, and needless to say, we’ve accumulated a long list of bugs and feature requests over the past 18 months. So this afternoon, with a bit of spare time up my sleeve, I decided to get the ball rolling again.
Tarpo now has a proper project page, which you can visit at: http://pdonelan.github.com/tarpo
As you can see from the url, the code now lives on GitHub. Apart from the front page which has the all-important “Install Tarpo” button, the most important page on the GitHub project page is the Issue Tracker, which I’m hoping Ted and other Vets will use to report all Bugs and Feature requests. With a bit of luck, that will also make it easier for other developers to get involved too.
I though about doing it as a wxPerl app (like Padre), but I’d hate to lose the HTML widget set that ExtJS gives me.. hmm that gets me thinking (help me out if you’re reading Gábor or any of the other Padre gurus..) does wxPerl have a modern embedded browser that I could use? Maybe webkit-based one..? Then the backend could be rewritten as a standalone Plack-powered webapp and I’d have all of CPAN at my disposal.. hmm maybe that’s too ambitious, but it does feel like the sort of thing you *should* be able to do with Perl..
I didn’t have much time left to do any real coding after that, except for updating a few dependencies so that Tarpo at least starts up ok on the latest version of Adobe Air (a small victory). But at least now in a position to start attacking the ticket list, which means that real progress can’t be too far off..